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Catamount Community Radio - November 15, 2015

We lost a great. Allen Toussaint died in Madrid last week, at 77 years of age. I'm a fan so I decided to do a whole show with every tune having something to do with Toussaint, either as performer or writer or producer.



His excellence transcended roles. He could play the piano like Professor Longhair, but his true touch was lighter. He wrote hit after hit, "Southern Nights," "Yes We Can Can," "Working in a Coal Mine," "Sneaking Sally through the Alley," "Whipped Cream," "Java," and so many more.



He liked to rock a nice suit (often with slippers) and was known to cruise around New Orleans in a Rolls, but he had a gentle demeanor, was humble and soft-spoken.



I saw him perform in Knoxville some years ago. I'm glad I had that opportunity.



My review of the show can be read here.

Next week, back to the usual shenanigans, but in the mean time let's reflect of some of Mr. Toussaint's words of wisdom:


Now is the time for all good men
To get together with one another
Iron out the problems
And iron out the quarrels
And try to live as brothers
And try to find a peace within
Without stepping on one another
And do respect the women of the world
Just remember we all had mothers
Make this land a better land
In the world in which we live
And help each man be a better man
With the kindness that you give


1. Allen Toussaint – Just a Closer Walk with Thee
2. Allen Toussaint – Tipitina and Me
3. The Harmonious Five – Miss Stacks
4. The Meters – Chicken Strut
5. Allen Toussaint & Chet Atkins – Southern Nights
6. Ernie K-Doe – A Certain Girl
7. Benny Spellman – Fortune Teller
8. Lee Dorsey – Games People Play
9. Irma Thomas – It’s Raining
10. Allen Toussaint – Everything I do Gohn be Funky
11. Warren Lee – Star Revue
12. Allen Toussaint – Egyptian Fantasy
13. Lee Dorsey – Yes We Can Can
14. Aaron Neville – Wrong Number (I am Sorry, Goodbye)
15. Allen Toussaint’s Jazzity Project – Going Places
16. Allen Toussaint – Bright Mississipi
17. Lee Dorsey – Sneaking Sally through the Alley
18. The Showmen – It Will Stand
19. Allen Toussaint – On Your Way Down
20. Benny Spellman – Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)
21. Allen Toussaint & Joshua Redman – Day Dream
22. Al Hirt – Java
23. Patti LaBelle – Lady Marmelade
24. Allen Toussaint – Working in a Coal Mine
25. Aaron Neville – Let’s Live
26. Solomon Burke – Get Out of my Life, Woman
27. Allen Toussaint & Marc Ribot – Blue Drag
28. Ernie K-Doe – Mother-in-Law
29. The Meters – Ride Your Pony
30. Allen Toussaint – Soul Sister
31. Lee Dorsey – Who’s Gonna Help a Brother Out?
32. Allen Toussaint – Yes We Can Can

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